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Towards Circular Fashion: C&A Foundation’s Request for Proposals

The C&A Foundation is looking for innovative ways to bridge the gap in the implementation of circular business models in companies at all levels of the apparel value chain. Their request for proposals closes February 18, 2018 and there is up to 300,000€ per proposal available.

The Challenge 

The global apparel sector is becoming more open to the circular economy on a technical level (i.e. technologies that enable circular apparel such as chemical recycling), as well as on a business model level. The latter is especially important, as it implies a shift from ownership to use so that materials and apparel are provided as a service, not a product to be rapidly discarded. These new business models are fundamental for the systemic change of the sector and will result in better use of materials and support better working conditions.

Request for Proposals 

C&A Foundation is looking for innovative ways to bridge the gap in the implementation of circular business models in companies at all levels of the apparel value chain.

The aim is to find and fund initiatives that will support the implementation of circular business models in companies related to the apparel industry. C&A believes that successful initiatives will incorporate organisational change and design thinking.

  • Budget: 1.5m€ for this call (maximum budget for one grant proposal is EUR 300k)

  • Open from December 18, 2017

  • Closes on February 18, 2018

  • Criteria and template: here

Applications must be sent to circular@candafoundation.org.

Whilst there are many publications on circular business models and commitments to the circular economy, few brands/retailers or upstream suppliers are re-designing their business towards circularity. This phenomenon is what C&A Foundation has identified as the “Implementation Gap”, let’s bridge the gap.

Read the full version of the request for proposals here.

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